Quote:> I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
> the stock AM/FM stereo. How good is CB reception with these antennae?
> Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected? Note that I don't
> require the ultimate range for the CB; it's for highway cruising
> between New Orleans and Columbus, OH. I do require that AM/FM not
> suffer, but it seems as though the tradeoff would probably effect the
> CB more, anyway.
I have an 87 IROC camaro and want to have a CB in it for the times I caravan
with others that also have CBs. Rather than add an Antenna or change to a
different AM/FM antenna that already had CB attachment I bought a tuner from
antenna specialist that converts my existing AM/FM antenna to an AM/FM/CB
antenna. I don't listen to AM so I don't know what I could receive before VS.
after, but the FM works about the same as it did before (I have a Pioneer
Super Tuner FM-Stereo). The CB works OK (certianly not as well as a full time
designed for CB antenna) but well enough for local car-car on the freeway.
If you are big time CB user and are looking for a big set of 'ears' and a
border on DX transmit range.... This is NOT the set-up! For casual freeway
use it's very good (in my opinion).
I already had a glass-mount telephone and glass-mount 2 Meter ham antenna on
my rear window and I didn't want the car to look any more like an antenna farm
than it already does.
For those who may own a camaro in this year range and want to know how all this
radio gear fits inside the car I will let you know here. The CB is mounted
under the passenger seat (it has all the controls on the mike), the 2M rig is
under the driver seat (it has all the controls on the mike too). The phone
handset is mounted next to the A/C controls on the side of the console with
the transceiver mounted on the rear wheel well where the spare tire goes. The
AM/FM/Cassette and CD control head is in the standard Stereo position and the
6 disk CD changer is in the rear trunk well. The radar detector fits in the
grill of the car, the laser detector fits has be put in the front of the over
head console (to look like the factory headlight dimmer) and the control head
for the radar detector and laser detector (they attach to the same control head)
is under the ashtray lid (it's a non-smoking car). It all looks very good and
professional. I can't seem to get a scanner in the lot without looking over
done. So until I find a way I am using a 'pocket' (handheld) scanner with a clip
on the window antenna and a cigarette lighter power supply (the only valid use
for a cigarette lighter is powering portable electronic equipment). When not in
actual use it goes in the little locking compartment in the rear of the car.
Oh yea.... the car actually runs too.......................
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